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The International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) was founded in Germany by Uruguayan Philosopher Rafael Capurro in 1999. In partnership with the newly formed African Network for Information Ethics, ICIE quickly established its place as the center for community in the global-wide practice of Information Ethics, offering a platform for an intercultural exchange of ideas and information regarding worldwide teaching and research. The ICIE community has supported and encouraged collaboration between colleagues teaching in the field for nearly two decades. It has organized and co-organised symposia since 2001 and publishes a book series in cooperation with W. Fink Verlag, Munich-Paderborn (Germany). In 2004, ICIE published its first edition of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) and has continued to publish bi-annual editions since. In 2018, ICIE established a new website complete with community forum, where a community-led philosophy will redefine the goals and mission of ICIE for a new generation, reestablishing the definitions and parameters of the field of Information Ethics.


ICIE seeks leadership and excellence in all aspects of the Information Ethics discipline, including research, teaching, advocacy, and practice. Supporting seven global-wide chapters, ICIE provides resources for, and encourages the growth of information literacies and digital cultures throughout the world.

Pursuant to its mission, ICIE actively seeks partnerships with relevant individuals, institutions, societies and communities in the information fields. It advocates for and supports the growth of healthy and informed information cultures in the digital age, providing a centralized forum for sharing and communication in the field.


I ~ Affirm the current parameters of the field of Information Ethics (IE).


Using a community-led philosophy, the ICIE Advisory Board will preside over a community forum discussion towards the reaffirmation of the parameters and prerogatives of the field of information ethics as the field stands in 2020. Acknowledging its historically defined origins and looking to its current iterations, the ICIE community will consider the evolution of the field, seeking to recognize its broader aspects but identifying core focal points as currently applicable. Thus, establishing a set of parameters for the field, ICIE will revisit the definition of the field annually, updating as necessary, aspects of the field once per year. These definitions will be disclosed on the ICIE website and connected to annual output. All themes and focal areas will be discussed and confirmed by the members of the ICIE Advisory Board.

II ~ Establish foundational partnerships with regional IE communities in BRICS nations.


ICIE will reaffirm or establish foundational partnerships with existing Information Ethics communities from BRICS countries, forming partnerships where none exist, or strengthening currently existing partnerships within Brazilian, Russian, Chinese and Indian Information Ethics communities. ICIE will affirm representatives from each BRICS country and establish said representatives under the corresponding ICIE regional Chapter Head. Chapter Heads, along with their ICIE BRICS representatives, will work together to establish ongoing regional goals and objectives for the BRICS countries of ICIE.

III ~ Publish a special edition of IRIE outlining the current parameters of the field of IE.


Leading from community forum discussions outlining the parameters of the field of Information Ethics (IE), as established above, ICIE will publish, in accordance with the guidelines of its journal the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE), a special edition on the origins and evolutions of the field of Information Ethics. The special edition of IRIE will seek to address the evolution of the field of Information Ethics and its current state, looking at possibilities for a taxonomy for the field. It will serve to formalize the ICIE forum community discussions into scholarly articles addressing the following concerns and aspects:

  • How do practitioners and academics define the field of IE in 2020?

  • What are the main categories of IE: past, present and future?

  • Is a taxonomy of the field possible or even desirable?

  • How does the history of the field of IE inform its evolution?

  • How do classical information theories inform the field of IE?

  • What is the concept of information as understood among different cultures?

  • How do historical approaches to the concept of information influence the field?

  • How can IE practitioners utilize IE scholarship to establish grassroots community initiatives?

  • How best can IE research be applied to help information cultures flourish around the world?

Mission and Goals

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